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Bay District Schools Superintendent Candidates

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Mackie Owens Mackie Owens

William Husfelt


I was elected as School Superintendent for Bay County in November of 2008.  Since that time, I have had the honor and privilege of serving the voters and residents of Bay County along with the educators and most importantly the students.  My goal has been and always will be to do whatever I can to provide the best education possible for our students and to ensure the taxpayers have a school system we respect.

My thirty years of educational experience helped me better understand the issues, problems and challenges our schools and educators face on a daily basis.  As a parent of three daughters who attended and graduated from public schools, I know the importance of making sure our children are safe and that the education they receive will help them achieve their future goals and dreams.

The past four years have been a challenge to say the least, but I believe I have served Bay County with dignity and a renewed sense of trust.  We have weathered every storm, economic or otherwise, because we have great schools, with great teachers, and great kids.  I will continue to the best of my ability to meet the challenges we face and be accountable to our citizens and our community.

3 Main Campaign Points: 

Focus on Our Students' Future – I will continue to expand students' options for college preparation and career training.  Bay County is the state leader in providing dual enrollment opportunities for our students through our partnership with Gulf Coast State College.  With the growth of the honor programs in our middle schools, Bay County continues to raise the bar for students preparing for college and beyond.  As our partnership with GCSC continues to expand, so will the technological career options for students.

Focus on the Classroom – Nothing in a school is more important than what takes place in our classrooms!  To that end, every decision we have made in the last four years has been about insulating the students and teachers from the economic adversities that are pervasive in our society.  Following the state and federal mandates are a challenge, but our strategy is to work with teachers and administrators to ensure all of us understand our responsibilities and complete them as required by law.  If there is a way to lessen that burden, we will find it!

Focus on Fiscal Responsibility – Some very tough decisions have had to be made over the last four years, from closing and repurposing schools to changing the high school schedule, and eliminating over 100 district level positions.  In 2010, the voters of Bay County trusted us with a ½ cent sales tax for capital improvements which includes technology.  This past year, we completed the installation of state-of-the-art technology in every academic classroom in Bay County.  We did all of this and LOWERED property taxes for property owners!  I will continue to make decisions based on two main premises:  Is it good for students and is it fair to taxpayers?



Mackie Owens


I have 42 years of service with Bay District Schools.

Teacher 19 Years:
5 Years at Mowat Middle School
14 Years at Mosley High School

Assistant Principal 15 Years:
14 Years at Bay High School
1 Year at Mosley High School

Supervisor of the Maintenance Department: 5 Years

Principal: 3 Years at Bay High School

Coaching: 14 Years Coaching Football, Baseball, and Basketball

As you can see, I have a wide variety of experience in the school system that has helped me gain a knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the school system. I have worked closely with the Transportation Department, Food Service Department, Maintenance Department/Facilities, Booster Clubs, Band, Choir, Athletics, Cheerleading, Support Personnel, Teachers, Budgets, FCAT, etc. The list truly could go on and on.


3 Main Campaign Points:

As superintendent I will provide the opportunity for each child to receive a quality education. Every school will be treated fairly and their needs addressed in a timely manner. This also includes the Charter Schools. Every employee will be treated with respect and appreciation for their contributions to the success of the school district.